This Land of Blue Mirrors, with many lakes reflecting elegant snowy mountains that shadow native forests, has a number of activities for travelers. Whether you are interested in the great outdoors or history and culture, you will not be disappointed in the lakes district.
The hiking and trekking in ConguillĂo, Huerquehue, Vicente PĂ©rez Rosales and other national parks is perhaps the biggest draw of the region. Many come to PucĂłn to climb active VolcĂˇn Villarrica to gaze into its glowing crater. The area is also a fly fisherâ€™s paradise. And winter sports fans will be eager to hit the slopes of the regionâ€™s premier ski centers, manyof which are on the slopes of the districtâ€™s mighty volcanoes. Not only can you go downhill skiing (esquĂ alpino), but you can also ski cross country (esquĂ de fondo) or even try alpine trekking (esquĂ randonĂ©e). These activities, along with snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice fishing make the lakes district an exciting cold weather destination.
The rich and complex history of Valdivia, Temuco and other cities will hold the attention of history buffs. Reenactments in period costumes are performed at the Spanish fortresses near Valdivia. The German culture is also striking throughout the Lakes District, in both architecture and gastronomy. The best place to soak in this atmosphere is in Puerto Varas and in the other villages ringing Lago Llanquihue. The Mapuche presence here is also quite strong, so be sure to save time to visit their cultural centers in Temuco, Curarrehue and other neighboring villages.
Other Activity pages in The Lake District that may be of interest: PucĂłn Activities, Near Valdivia Activities, Osorno Activities, Villarrica Activities, Temuco Activities, Puerto Varas Activities, Parque Nacional Puyehue Activities, Valdivia Activities and Puerto Montt Activities.
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